The Androgynous Female Body: Video Clips

Kirsty Lee Russell - My Identity

For those of you who were interested in Jennifer Stokes’ talk on the androgynous female body that was postponed, we would like to inform you that we are hoping to be able to arrange for her to speak again in the next academic year on another aspect of her research. In the meantime, she has kindly sent us some of her video work. These clips were going to be used as a springboard to investigate the rise in androgyny in women within mainstream culture.  In place of the proposed talk, Jennifer now invites you to watch, make a mental note of your thoughts when watching and reflect on some of the issues that the videos raise on the subject of gender and sexuality.

The pictures used in this post are stills from Jennifer’s work. To see her videos please click the links in this post.ID=Y Promotional Photograph 3 If you would like to see more of her work check out her website:

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13th March Meeting CANCELLATION

Unfortunately we had have to postpone our meeting on the 13th March (this Friday). We plan to organise the next meeting for the week beginning the 20th of April, the first week back of Summer Term, but we will send out more details soon.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, we know that this was going to be a popular talk. Hopefully we will see you all at the next meeting!

Next Meeting: The Androgynous Female Body, 13th March

Photo by Daniel Furlong Romo

The Gender and Sexuality Research Network at Reading is delighted to announce our next meeting on Friday 13th March from 1-2pm in G09 at the Graduate School. We hope you can join us and look forward to seeing you there for what looks to be a very interactive and interesting meeting.

Our session will be centred around Jennifer Stokes’ presentation on the androgynous female body which she has entitled:
The Androgynous Female Body: What Does This Say About Sexuality in 2015?

Jennifer will be showing us some related video clips and investigating the rise in androgyny in women within mainstream culture. She will discuss the following questions:
* Is androgyny in mainstream culture making it more acceptable to be androgynous in today’s society or is there already an acceptance?
* Who are the androgynous in 2015 and what does it mean?
* Is engaging in an androgynous lifestyle an indicator of your gender, sexuality or both?

Some more information about our speaker:
Jennifer Christine Stokes is a South East based Freelance Artist with a Dance and Technology specialism, originally from Liverpool, North West England. She has a proven interest in representing a UK reality of both the masculine and feminine within the biologically, female body through the medium of video installation. When creating material for her video installations, she selects self-identified androgynous women to explore their identity through a series of given creative tasks; enabling participants to make a contribution for the video installation and/or performance. The specifics of their contributions are then applied to the film editing process; resulting in the participants’ having full creative control.